The US telecom sector is going to witness a mega-merger of sorts as T Mobile is all set to acquire rival Sprint. The much talked about $26 billion mergers is reaching the final stage. To sweeten the deal for the end-users, T Mobile has packed in 3 lucrative offers. While the much-awaited alliance has got a nod from both the FCC and the justice department, it is yet to be finalized. The cheap and free data will help the deal look sweeter. The thorn in the agreement is an antitrust suit introduced by state attorneys general coalition. The trial date is set for early December.
The three offers of T Mobile, actually look very good. It is offering free 5G for emergency medical services, police, and fire for 10 years. It is also providing complimentary wireless service along with reduced cost devices to almost 10 million disconnected US households. The icing on the cake is its $15/month prepaid plan that comes with 2GB of data and unlimited messaging and talks time. Soon after unveiling these offers, T Mobile also announced the rollout of its fast 5G network, which will cover almost 200 million people in the USA. It will go live a few days before the trial in December.
Speculation is rife in the telecom sector on this merger, and there are different opinions from the industry expects on its viability and long term effects on the users. Brendan Stark, the FCC Commissioner, thinks this merger may not be a good thing for the end-users eventually. The deal will leave three big telecom entities in the market, and they may resort to predatory pricing tactics. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman, however, thinks differently. He said the merger would offer T-Mobile with necessary spectrum resources and scale to implement a robust 5G network in the USA. This will make it more competitive with the arch-rivals- Verizon and AT&T.